How a Sale Community Has Come Together Over The Last 12 Months

Our Sale West was created after the Sale West Estate was awarded £1 million by the Big Lottery’s Big Local programme – to be spent within 10 years to improve the quality of life for those within the local community.
We asked their team how they have been supporting the Sale West community over the last year, and the answer is in lots of ways!
Generally, since March 2020 Our Sale West has been chairing the Sale Hub Group. which is a fortnightly meeting of Sale VCSE’s, council officers, social prescribers and Social Care professionals. This group has created a strong partnership,  working together to create a holistic response to the Covid Crisis.
  • During the first lockdown the group helped to co-ordinate hundreds of Student Activity Packs to primary school children, to support them with their learning and general activities
  • Wellbeing packs to our most vulnerable, as well as 80 specific winter wellbeing packs to help residents through the extra tough lockdown
  • The team have also supported a wider group to be successful in gaining funding to run a digital inclusion project across Sale
  • There is a local foodbank Monday-Friday
  • Our Sale West fund and provide volunteers for That Bread And Butter Thing
  • They’ve received 40 homecooked meals donated by a lock Church, which they delivery to local residents and these continued
  • Local stores also provide them with any surplus/ at the end of shelf-life food items each week which are distributed free of charge to local residents in most need. This is good food that would otherwise go to landfill
  • Volunteers have also been supporting The Lifecentre in Sale with the Cocid-19 vaccination programme
  • Working with Thyme and Season Catering, the hub delivered 40 Christmas meals on Christmas Eve and also completed a doorstep “knock and chat” in the week leading up to Christmas. Whilst making sure the residents were okay, they also delivered a mince pie, Christmas gift and a card made by local school children
  • Delivered over 2000 meals to 100 local school children through Active Appetites funding.  Each of the 100 children received 2 bags of non-perishable food, a paint-a-pot kit donated by Minikin Paint-A-Pot

Feedback from the community and schools include-

As always, we were very grateful to Sale West for the donated food hampers and minikin pots that we were able to distribute to our families to enjoy over the Christmas holiday. They were gratefully received by our parents. It is such a challenging time at the moment so being able to help our families by donating a hamper was a lovely thing to be able to do. Throughout the whole pandemic, Sale West have supported our families (who live in the community) in such a lovely way and on behalf of them we would like to say thank you. One parent commented, “That has made my day.”

Deputy Headteacher

St Margaret Ward Catholic Primary School

 

You can find out more about Our Sale West, their upcoming projects and how you might be able to get involved here.

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